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Rammellzee
KNOTTED MINDS
Estimation
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Lot. Vendu 47,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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88
Rammellzee
KNOTTED MINDS
Estimation
10 00015 000
Lot. Vendu 47,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated

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New York

Rammellzee
1960 - 2010
KNOTTED MINDS
spray paint, film strips and printed paper collage on paper
29 1/2 by 39 3/4 in. 74.9 by 101 cm.
Executed in 1989.
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Provenance

Estate of the Artist

Description

Rammellzee was a prominent figure in the New York Street Art scene of the 1970s and 80s. While the practice of some of his contemporaries, such as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, was limited to tagging subway platforms and the streets, the work of Rammellzee and artists including Lee Quiñones, LA II and Futura 2000 among others, extended to writing graffiti on subway cars. The work of the train graffiti writers was not only very dangerous, but also iconoclastic and a significant factor in setting the aesthetic backdrop to the creative street culture of New York at this time. Beyond his talents as a graffiti and visual artist, Rammellzee was also an early Hip Hop pioneer, fusing music with visual art and performance.

Rammellzee became a cult figure to this group of artists, and known for creating a detailed manifesto outlining his theory of Gothic Futurism – the idea that when liberated from linguistic structures, individual letters could be potent self-signifying enigmas. By incorporating fractured language and letters into his multimedia art practice, the artist explored the various ways of liberating language. Further to his focus on language in his work, the artist created a detailed mythology that incorporated many powerful figures, for whom he created costumes and built sculptures that he exhibited in his studio, which he called the Battle Station.

Contemporary Curated

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New York